In 2009, at the coaxing of a dear friend of mine, I decided to hang up my real estate career and begin focusing on writing about Temecula wine country. I decided from the start that rather than write wine reviews, I would meet with winemakers and winery owners and tell their stories. Later that year, I joined the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association.
I named my blog WINEormous and a year later began offering winery tours in the Temecula Valley. I felt the relationships I had forged with members of Temecula’s wine community would be of interest to those wanting to visit this unique region.
I offer visits to three wineries, spending up to an hour at each. I provide my guests with a picnic lunch, consisting of homemade (by me) sandwiches, Cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, chips and cookies. I love answering questions about Temecula wine and enjoy the opportunity to introduce my guests to winemakers and winery owners whenever possible. On occasion, guests are able to taste a tank or barrel sample.
Earlier this year, Luxlife Magazine from Great Britain honored WINEormous with Best Customized Wine Tour Operator – Temecula.
As I was writing this, I just received word they have named my tours Most Unique Wine Tour Operator 2019 – Southern California in their Family and Visitor Attraction award category.
I love meeting new people and showing them around this region I cherish. I am humbled by some of the reviews my tours receive. “He is most highly respected by the local wineries which made it very nice. In fact, one winery said he was the best guide they work with.” “Tom was wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed our tasting tour with him. He was obviously well known and of good reputation at each winery we visited.”